"We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency", Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said of the Trump administration during a press conference last Friday. "You don't need 'em anymore!" as he handed out flashlights to islanders who in fact very much need them.
As Trump attended briefings on relief efforts, he noted that Puerto Rico's officials "can be proud" of the relatively low death toll on the island compared to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "I don't know what world Trump is living in".
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as it departed Puerto Rico, Trump said, "That was a great, great visit".
Trump, meanwhile, has repeatedly praised his own response to the tragedy, saying, "We are doing a tremendous job in Puerto Rico".
Following his visit to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, President Trump said in an interview with Fox News' Geraldo Rivera that the island owes "a lot of money" to Wall Street and the USA must "wipe out" its debt.
"Sometimes his style of communication gets in the way", she told CNN. He said it included drownings, injuries from homes collapsing and people on respirators who died because there was no power for the equipment.
Many continue to struggle to find water and food outside the capital, and only 5 percent have power back. When you have to pull people from their buildings... "We did not like how things turned out", our source said.
Earthquake-hit Mexico has itself offered aid to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria's destructive passage through the Caribbean.
Puerto Rico's massive debt load will have to be wiped out, President Donald Trump said Tuesday in an interview with Fox News.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz wore a "Nasty" T-shirt on national television Wednesday afternoon, making her claim that the nation's insistence on disaster relief efforts are "not about politics" all the more hard to believe.